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What is an iliolumbar ligament sprain?

The iliolumbar ligament is a ligament that runs from the back of the pelvis to the lowest vertebra in the back. The ligament can be sprained if it is overstretched. Physiotherapy is a very effective treatment for an iliolumbar ligament sprain.

How does an iliolumbar ligament sprain happen?

An iliolumbar ligament sprain can occur when the lower back is forcefully bent, arched or twisted, overstretching the ligament.

What are the symptoms of an iliolumbar ligament sprain?

Iliolumbar ligament sprains cause lower back and upper buttock pain. The pain is commonly felt deep in the back and to one side of the spine. Activities such as bending, arching or twisting the back may worsen your pain. Other symptoms include:

What should I do if I have an iliolumbar ligament sprain?

If you have or suspect you have sprained an iliolumbar ligament, you should arrange a physiotherapy assessment.

Physiotherapy treatment for an iliolumbar ligament sprain.

Physiotherapy is very important in the treatment of an iliolumbar ligament sprain. Initially, your physiotherapist can diagnose your problem and determine its severity. Your physiotherapist will then be able to devise a treatment plan to specifically target your problems. Treatment may involve:

What shouldn’t I do if I have an iliolumbar ligament sprain?

If you have or suspect you have sprained your iliolumbar ligament, you should not ignore the problem and continue to perform any activities that aggravate your pain. Continuing may lead to your injury deteriorating and prolong your recovery.

Could there be any long-term effects from an iliolumbar ligament sprain?

An iliolumbar ligament sprain does not produce any long-term effects, if it properly diagnosed and appropriately treated. Recovery usually takes place in a number of weeks.

To arrange a physiotherapy assessment call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 or book online.

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